Chicago Sun-Times

FIND­ING FAM­ILY

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• Re­beca Per­rone, in­di­gent co­or­di­na­tor for the Cook County med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice, works to find the fam­ily mem­bers of dead peo­ple whose bod­ies are un­claimed. • About half of the bod­ies Per­rone deals with even­tu­ally are claimed by fam­ily mem­bers. • Fam­ily mem­bers have 30 days to pick up a body. Af­ter that, the county cre­mates the body. The ashes are then avail­able for pickup, but there is a $ 100 fee. Less than one in four of the bod­ies the county cre­mates get claimed.

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